Throughout the year most of the region’s familiar garden and common woodland birds – tits, finches, thrushes, robins and wrens – nest on or regularly visit the site. Visitors with time to watch and wait will find more unusual species such as Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail and even Kingfisher. Of the resident mammal population, Grey Squirrels are quite common; Rabbits and Water Voles are present but it needs a mixture of luck and patience to see one. If you haven’t been lucky enough to see a Water Vole, you may enjoy this little video made by our brilliant photographer Lewis Outing.
Common Frogs breed in the Environment Centre pond, and Smooth Newts can be seen there through spring and summer.
Over 200 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants have been recorded on the reserve, and there is something of interest all year round. Hazel, Alder, Willow and Snowdrops flower in late winter, Cowslips and a wide range of meadow flowers brighten spring and early summer, and Tansy, Teasel, Field Scabious and Yarrow last from midsummer to the first frosts.
For a full list and further detail, have a read of our annual wildlife reports. Wildlife watching is very rewarding and good for the soul. If you’d like to join our Wildwatch group, see the blog for the latest sightings and pop along one Wednesday morning.